I cannot believe that summer is quickly coming to an end. Didn't it just start? Lennox and I have been so busy this summer. We finally joined our community association of 23 pools and three gyms, and we have been at the pool almost every day. I'm not sure why we didn't join it sooner. It is an excellent way to keep Lennox busy, keep our family active, and give mom and dad some much-needed downtime.
Nonetheless, going to the pool with a toddler still requires a lot of energy. You have to nonstop chase after them, keep them safe from the sun and water and, if your toddler is anything like mine, you have to police toy steeling, splashing, tantrums and all of the unexpected expectations that come hand-in-hand with having a toddler. Having the right products can really change the whole pool dynamic. After two months of consistent pool trips, I am finally able to relax some since Lennox is more comfortable swimming, and now that I have invested in all the necessary toddler pool items. I wanted to share these essential items as well as fun toys to pack for when you go to the pool with your toddler!
It would be a sin not to pin!
I'm sure most of you have heard of the Puddle Jumper. I didn't know about Puddle Jumpers until the beginning of the summer when my SIL let me use one of hers. I was in disbelief. As a FTM (and one who obviously didn't think about buying a floatation device before the beach, SMH) I was still expecting those plastic blow-up floaties that hurt like hell to get on and hurt even worse to get off. Remember those?
After trying my SIL's puddle jumper on Lennox, I went shopping for one as soon as I could. There are many different kinds, but I highly recommend the Speedo one shown below. This one has extra support and safety with a vest that goes over your toddler's shoulders as well as floaties on the arms. This avoids your child's arms slipping out of the floaties.
Lennox loves this puddle jumper and gets angry if I take it off of him. He loves having it on. **Be careful though, it can cause overconfidence in your child's swimming skills. I took it off of Lennox yesterday, and he tried to go deep into the water, not realizing he couldn't actually swim.
There is no better towel than a hooded, poncho towel to cover your toddler up when he’s wet and cold from the pool. I also use it after the pool to put him in his car seat instead of bringing a change of clothes.
Sunscreen is obvious, but please do not make my mistake of purchasing spray sunscreen. I bought spray sunscreen for the beach, sprayed it into my hands as instructed, then applied to Lennox’s face and boy did we have a problem. He screamed bloody murder and had swollen puffy eyes all day. That sh%& is not safe! Also, how do you know if you are applying it all over or not? I’ve never been one to wear sunscreen so I’m not researched in this area, but after this experience, I went with Babyganics and Baby Bum Mineral Sunscreen Face Stick. Lennox has yet to get burnt and has a beautiful golden tan if I might say so myself. He also appreciates the stick a lot more than me trying to rub lotion on his face! I think next year I'll aim for a DIY sunscreen. We shall see.
Don’t forget the ears and tops of the feet! These are the forgotten areas.
Swim Diapers and or Reusable Swim Diaper
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Target has the most adorable selection of toddler swimwear right now. The Cat and Jack brand is the cutest, and I love that the (boys’) swimsuits are not ridiculously long like a lot of the swimsuits on the market. The other day I went to buy a girl’s swimsuit for a one-year-old I watch, and I kid you not, I couldn’t make up my mind between five. They were all too darn cute. They almost encouraged me to try for a girl. JK not yet!!!!! Below are Lennox modeling his three Cat and Jack Suits!
We are so very thankful to @americanlifetime @gladwellusa for gifting us these two awesome swim boards. Lennox was a little hesitant to use it at first, but once he saw how daddy used it, it was a hit! It is extremely sturdy and lightweight and is the perfect prop for teaching your toddler how to swim. Mom and dad can also use it for exercise or physical therapy.
A cooler is essential. I learned this the hard way when one day all of my hard work preparing Lennox lunch and snacks got all mushy, and our beverages warm when it was time to eat. Invest in a small-sized cooler to make sure your food stays fresh, and your toddler stays hydrated!
Another mom essential. I used a pool bag at first, but once I realized all of the rest of my items were getting gross from all of Lennox’s toys, I caved and purchased a mesh bag solely for Lennox’s toys. It also helps drain the excess water and avoids molding.
Toys, Toys & More Toys
Below are some of our favorite pool toys, and pool toys that have been popular amongst all of the kids at the pool.
Not only are Green Toys made out of 100% recycled plastic, but they are safe for indoor, outdoor, and water play. They are also dishwasher friendly, therefore after their fun in the sun, you can easily disinfect them. Lennox is obsessed with transportation vehicles at the moment and there is a wide array of Green Car Transportation vehicles. Some are featured below.
These are great for fine-motor skills, will entertain your toddler for a while, and are also fun for adults!!!
Stacking, pouring, bath toys
We hope you enjoyed our list of pool essentials. Comment below and let us know if we missed any of your essentials on our list!!!!